West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled cervical cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Surgical Oncology, and Research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
Cervical cancer is a slow-growing disease, which begins with the development of precancerous changes to normal cells located in the cervix. A regular Pap smear will detect the presence of abnormal cells; if the Pap smear reveals any abnormalities, further tests are done to help determine a diagnosis.
A patient with abnormal Pap smear results may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Colposcopy: a procedure that uses a lighted instrument to closely examine the cervix. Vinegar may be swapped on the cervix’s surface, which causes abnormal tissues turn white – helping your physician to more easily see any abnormalities.
- Biopsy: a procedure where a small portion of tissue is removed for examination by a pathologist. This procedure is often performed during the colposcopy.
Your Treatment Plan
Your cervical cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Cryosurgery: a surgical procedure used for pre-invasive cancer where cancer cells are frozen with a metal probe that has been cooled with liquid nitrogen.
- Conization: a surgical procedure where a cone-shaped sample of tissue is removed from the cervical canal. This is often used as the primary treatment of precancerous cervical cancer.
- Laser surgery: a surgical procedure used for pre-invasive cancer that uses laser beams to burn off abnormal cells. The laser may also be used for tissue removal for biopsy.
- Simple hysterectomy: a surgical procedure where the uterus and cervix are removed through a lower abdominal incision or through the vagina.
- Radical Hysterectomy: a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the entire uterus, including the cervix, upper vagina and affected lymph nodes.
- Pelvic Externation: a surgical procedure often used for recurrent cervical cancer, this procedure includes the removal of the uterus, upper vagina and lymph nodes, along with the removal of the bladder, rectum and small parts of the colon.
- Radiation therapy: this therapy is often used in the treatment of cervical cancer to destroy tumor cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat cervical cancer.